Inspired concert put on by St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas middle school is hoping once again to sell out their concert which this year is inspired by the TV show Glee.

The concert is set to be held at the Memorial Center June 6th at 7 p.m. and will feature local musicians as well as students from the school.

“There are some students who have a lot of talent and this just gives them a chance to really shine and be noticed for something positive,” said Angela McLean, concert director.

The concert is not so much inspired by the TV show Glee itself but by the idea of having a glee club for students to take part in and showcase themselves through.

“I truly think people will be impressed by the talent that we have here,” said McLean. The opportunity for the students to take part in this concert is one that doesn’t come around every day, she added.

McLean said the club started rehearsing for this concert in January and continues to meet every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. as well as during lunch hour on Fridays.

“It is a lot of work and a huge time commitment. There are days when they come in stumbling their feet and grumpy but they generally leave without that feeling.”

McLean said people can look forward to a treat of some fantastic youth singers and dancers. “We have a lot of local young talent. We are doing three and four part harmonies so I really think people will be impressed by St. Thomas Aquinas students.”

There are 11 singers taking part in the concert as well as seven members taking part in three songs as the horn section. “We’ve got live entertainment, a horn section, local musicians, local talent and songs that range from the 90’s to contemporary songs that are really popular radio top 40 songs.”

McLean said songs people could expect to come and enjoy include Bridge Over Troubled Water and We Are Young.

“This opportunity gives the kids confidence and really makes them feel like they’ve got something to be proud of.”

McLean said some of the feedback from the students has been that they really are looking forward to being showcased and shown off. Students involved range from Grades 6 – 9 and McLean said they’re between the ages of 11 and 14. “The students are really looking forward to surprising everybody.”

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert provided it doesn’t sell out in advance. Tickets are $10 each, $30 for a family of four and can be purchased in advance at the school or by contacting Angela McLean at amclean@rdcrd.ab.ca.

kpalardy@reddeerexpress.com

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